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Frederich de La Motte-Fouqué

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Undine is a novel by Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué in which Undine, a water spirit, marries a knight named Huldebrand in order to gain a soul. The novel served as inspiration for two operas in the romantic style by Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann and Albert Lortzing, respectively, and two ballets: the nineteenth century Ondine and the twentieth century Undine. An edition of the book was illustrated by Arthur Rackham. In The Fantastic Imagination, George MacDonald writes, “Were I asked, what is a fairytale? I should reply, Read Undine: that is a fairytale … of all fairytales I know, I think Undine the most beautiful.”

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .cried the fisherman to her, unable to utter another word: and at the same time he stretched out his arms far over the rushing stream toward her, and nodded his head as if to promise the fulfilment of her request, and as he did this, his white hair fell strangely over his face, and reminded Huldbrand of the nodding white man in the forest. Without allowing himself, however, to grow confused by such an idea the young knight took the beautiful girl in his arms, and bore her over the narrow passage which the stream had forced between her little island and the shore.

The old man fell upon Undine's neck and could not satisfy the exuberance of his joy; his good wife also came up and caressed the newly-found in the heartiest manner. Not a word of reproach passed their lips; nor was it thought of, for Undine, forgetting all her waywardness, almost overwhelmed her foster-parents with affection and fond expressions.

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Ondina racconta la storia di, appunto, Ondina, una ninfa delle acque, personaggio mitologico che qui calca il palcoscenico del folklore germanico, dopo essere entrata in contatto con gli umani, vorrebbe...

Appena iniziato a leggere le prime pagine, sono stato catapultato in una narrazione così delica

Undina nije samo vodena vila koja je kroz ljubav sa smrtnikom-vitezom stekla dušu, ona je i posvojče zamalo nazvano Doroteja (Božidarka), nestašni devojčurak, džangrizava tinejdžerka, ukapljičeni kikot, prpošna buntovnica, tragična heroina, ljubomorna pa velikodušna, nesigurna femme fatale, krhka ak

This is the story of the Knight Huldbrand of Ring-stetten and of Undine, telling how the Knight wedded with water-sprite, and what chanced therefrom: and how the Knight died and was buried: and how Undine returned to her element beneath the Mediterranean Sea

'of all fairy-tales, the most beaut

Ein tragisches Kunstmärchen das viele mythologische und Gruselelemente enthält.
"Undine" bietet die Vorlage zur kleinen Meerjungfrau, basiert jedoch gleichzeitig auf der Sage der Melusine aus dem Mittelalter. Die Wassernymphe Melusine heiratet einen Fischer, den sie ermahnt niemals ein böses Wort geg

"El que escribe estas líneas sabe que todo esto se podría escribir con detalle, tal vez debería hacerlo así. Pero el corazón le duele demasiado, él ha experimentado cosas similares, e incluso en el recuerdo se asusta de sus sombras."

Gran historia, aunque no sé qué le ha faltado para ponerle 5 estrel

Durch einen Spukwald, der die Zivilisation vom elementaren Naturraum trennt, gerät Ritter Huldbrand zu einem alten Fischerehepaar und ihrer Ziehtochter Undine. Fasziniert von der wilden, unkonventionellen Undine, verliebt sich Huldbrand in die Kindfrau, die von ihrem Vater, einem Wasserfürsten, in d

Struggente fiaba superbamente scritta. Apparizioni fantastiche descritte in modo tanto efficace da materializzarsi subito alla mente con una potenza inaudita, cinematografica. Un incontro di mondi, folklore, leggende e credenze, con una morale squisitamente Romantica. Che qualcuno ristampi questo pi

Yazılan metinden eserin 1810'lu yıllarda yazıldığını anlamak çok zor, aşka dair harikulade bir anlatı. Aradan yıllar geçmesine rağmen ikinci okuyuşumda, sonraki sayfada gelecek bazı diyalogları kelimesi kelimesine hatırlayınca (ki bu benim gibi unutkan birisi için mucizedir) kitabın benim için ne de

„I wept him to death.”

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